Automation–Service Management Automation–Utility Runbook Spotlight–Get-SC-Product-Versions

Hello Readers/Viewers! I know I keep posting stuff, but I have so much to  get out I hardly have time to get my PowerShell formatted! Don’t worry – this post will be short and sweet. I simply wanted to get a quick script in front of you, something that you can execute either from PowerShell… Read more

MAT 1.5 is available (now with NIC recreation!)

I am happy to announce that MAT 1.5 is now available. Grab your copy now:  The Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT) 1.5 brings a large number of improvements over the previous MAT and also puts the MAT and the MAT (Powered by Project Shift) at a feature parity. This means that the most asked about enhancement… Read more

Evaluating Windows Server and System Center on a Laptop (or two, or three) – Failover Clustering (part 1)

How to build a Failover Cluster on a single laptop Continuing on from my Introduction and Fabric posts, we’re now going to start playing with (learning) Failover Clustering for our evaluation of Windows Server and System Center. Note: This is NOT best practice deployment advice. This is “notes from the field”. This is how to… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation Runbook Spotlight–Virtual Machine Startup by Priority (Part 2)

Hello Readers/Viewers! The final (and 4th) post of my 2-part mini-series (after Douglas Adams) has finally arrived! Let’s Level Set So, let’s take a moment to see where we are in this mini-series. As introduced in Part 1.5, here is the collection of Intro to SMA posts so far: https://aka.ms/IntroToSMA In this collection, you will… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation–Utility Runbook Spotlight–VMM Custom Property Management

Hello Readers/Viewers! There comes a time when a project’s complexity increases to the point of requiring pre-requisites. The follow-up post to Automation–Service Management Automation Runbook Spotlight–Virtual Machine Startup by Priority (Part 1) is one of these instances. As described in Automation–Service Management Automation Runbook Spotlight–Virtual Machine Startup by Priority (Part 1.5), I am reintroducing the… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation Runbook Spotlight–Virtual Machine Startup by Priority (Part 1.5)

Hello Readers/Viewers! Before we get into this post’s content, I wanted to extend a BIG THANKS to those of you who have been keeping up with our System Center 2012 R2 Service Management Automation Introductory Blog Posts. To make things a little easier, and to keep track of all those posts in one area, we… Read more

IaaS Usage and Service Reporting using System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack

Following up Brad Anderson & Srikanth’s blog posts here & here, I would like to create a list of blog posts that describe how to deploy usage metering & reporting in System Center 2012 R2 & Windows Azure Pack for IaaS. Some would ask why should I care about usage & service reporting for IaaS?… Read more

Automation–Service Management Automation Runbook Spotlight–Virtual Machine Startup by Priority (Part 1)

Hello Readers and Viewers! By now, especially if you are reading this, you likely have seen the following blog posts: Automation–An Introduction to Service Management Automation Automation–Service Management Automation–Getting Started with SMA Runbooks If not, I highly recommend you take some time and review the introductory content provided. The content in this blog post mini-series… Read more

Automation–Orchestrator Runbook Spotlight–Virtual Machine Startup by Priority

Hello Readers/Viewers! Today we are going to take an in depth look at a specific example Runbook – Virtual Machine Startup by Priority Use Case: Ability to query Virtual Machine Manager for Virtual Machines (for more than 1 Virtual Machine) within a Cloud, then start up those Virtual Machines in a specified order (often used… Read more

I have a Surface RT and going away for a few days, now what??? I have a MSDN subscription :-) (Part 2)

In the previous blog post (here) I talked about how you can start using Windows Azure with an MSDN subscription and we did the following: Installed App. Controller Configured App. Controller to communicate with Windows Azure Created our own Windows 2012 image that we want to use in Windows Azure   In this blog post,… Read more